Bristol is one of the most popular university cities in the UK due to its diverse and creative culture and social scene. Located in the southwest of England, this harbour city has been given many accolades over the years, including being a UNESCO City of Film, named the UK’s most environmentally friendly city, as well as one of The Best European Cities to visit in 2019 by The Independent. See what this exciting city has to offer with our student accommodation in Bristol.

Student accommodation in Bristol at a glance

For accommodation for students in Bristol near to campus, check out iQ Bristol. This modern student halls offers a range of studio accommodation with either private or shared kitchens and communal spaces. It also boasts an on-site gym, games rooms, study spaces, a music practice room, and a private dining room for when you want to hang out with friends. Location-wise you’re only a 4-minute walk to British and Irish Modern Music Institute or a 13-minute walk to the University of Bristol.

For student halls in Bristol a little closer to the city centre, have a look at New Bridewell. This well-designed studio accommodation offers a range of studio apartments, as well as a TV area, games room, and lots of comfortable communal spaces to chill away from the books. It’s only a 10-minute walk to the University of Bristol and a short bus trip to the University of the West of England. It’s also right by Bristol Shopping Quarter with shops, banks, and supermarkets all only a 10-minute walk away from these student studios in Bristol.

If you’re looking for student accommodation in Bristol that is less than a mile from the University of Bristol, then the Market Quarter Studios should be first on your must-see list. These newly built halls offer a range of studios and have an open-plan communal lounge, a coffee and breakfast bar, as well as a beautiful courtyard for when you want to chill or study in the sunshine. It’s an easy 13-minute walk to the University of Bristol or a short bus ride to the University of the West of England.

For private student accommodation in Bristol out of the bustle of the city, take a look at King Square Studios. Offering a range of accommodation that includes both private studio and shared occupancy options, this modern accommodation has great communal spaces, an on-site gym, a quiet study room, and a cinema room. It’s located a 13-minute walk to the University of Bristol or a short bus ride to the University of the West of England. If you’re unsure about what student accommodation is right for you, check out our guide to different student accommodation options to help answer your questions.

Student life in Bristol

  • Bristol is home to a number of higher educational establishments such as the University of Bristol, the University of the West of England, the British and Irish Modern Music Institute, and the City of Bristol College, and has lots of great Bristol student accommodation options close to campuses.
  • The city is known for its nightlife, with plenty of pubs, bars and gigs across Bristol for students and young people to enjoy.
  • Bristol Harbour has a notable and dark history, being an ideal trading place from the 13th century. Between the 16th and 19th centuries, Bristol took through its port tobacco, sugar, rum, rice, and cotton.
  • Bristol is synonymous with pirates with the accent often being described as “pirate-like” due to the history of pirates finding refuge in this harbour city.
  • Annually, Bristol hosts the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta, a week where Bristol’s sky is filled with hundreds of hot air balloons setting off from different locations around the city.
  • One of the most notable landmarks in Bristol is the Clifton Suspension Bridge. Spanning the Avon Gorge and the River Avon, the Clifton Suspension Bridge links Clifton in Bristol to Leigh Woods in North Somerset and is a beautiful and popular icon of the city. Take a break from your student halls in Bristol and wander across this iconic bridge.
  • If history is your thing, you must visit Temple Church. Also known as Holy Cross Church, this ruined church is on the site of a previous, round church of the Knights Templar, which they built on land granted to them in the second quarter of the 12th century by Robert of Gloucester.
  • For those of you who enjoy cider, Bristol will not disappoint. Known for its surrounding areas filled with apple orchards, Bristol is considered the home of cider and has lots of local brews to sample. Check out this Cider Drinker’s Guide to Bristol to experience the best of what the city has to offer,
  • The infamous and anonymous graffiti artist Banksy is said to have been born in Bristol, with a number of their street art designs being found around the city. Check out the Banksy Walking Tour to learn more about the mysterious artist.
  • Born in Bristol was the first-ever female doctor. Elizabeth Blackwell was born in Bristol in 1821 and rejected by 29 medical schools that considered women doctors a joke until she eventually began a career in medicine in the USA.

Student travel in Bristol

Bristol is a large city so there are a number of different public transport options to get you where you need to go. The most useful to students are both buses and trains, but there are also great boat tours for when you’re planning day trips away from your student halls in Bristol. For timetables and ticket information, head to the TravelWest website.

By Bus

Getting around by bus is one of the easiest ways to travel from your student accommodation in Bristol. Most universities have bus routes that take you right by campus, with the University of Bristol running its own service, Unibus, in conjunction with FirstGroup.

By Train

Bristol has two major railway stations that connect the southwest to other parts of the country, as well as many inner-city services that help you get around Bristol. The main stations are Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station and Bristol Parkway Railway Station, with the closest station to the University of Bristol being Clifton Down. For train tickets and times, check out Great Western Railway.

Featured neighbourhoods around student accommodation in Bristol

Gloucester Road

One of the most popular areas for student halls in Bristol is Gloucester Road. Popular due to its lively community, Gloucester Road has the highest number of independent traders on any one road in the UK, so there’s always something to do or see. There are so many great bars and pubs popular with students in this area, some of our favourites being The Blue Lagoon, The Sportsman and The Anchor. There’s also a great selection of independent fashion boutiques, with a mix of vintage and modern styles. It’s not super close to the University of Bristol’s main campus, but it’s less than a 30-minute bus ride away.

Bishopston

Closer to the city centre is Bishopston, which makes it a popular spot for private student accommodation in Bristol. It has lots of great cafes, shops, and bars, and isn’t far from Gloucester Road when you want a bit more atmosphere. You’re not far from the beautiful St Andrew’s Park for when you want to chill outside in the sunshine, and is only a short bus ride to the city centre or campuses. There’s also an outdoor bowling green there for when you fancy doing something a little different.

City Centre

For students that want to be right in the action, the city centre is the best place for you. With everything you need on your doorstep or just a short bus ride away, being in the heart of this iconic city will guarantee a unique university experience. Being in the city centre means you find yourself right by the harbour where you can chill at Millennium Square, explore Bristol’s science centre, We Are Curious, or grab a pint at one of the many waterside pubs. Or perhaps a night out is more your style with the city centre having almost too many bars and clubs to choose from. And don’t forget your late-night scran, with Bristol’s Taka Taka making the #12 spot on our Student Drunk Index 2018.

Bristol student accommodation FAQs

How much is private student accommodation in Bristol?

The cost of student accommodation in Bristol greatly depends on which area you choose to live in. Bristol student halls can start from around £151.00 per week and go up to £273.00 per week.

Where do most students live in Bristol?

Gloucester Road is one of the most popular places for students to live due to its buzzing community. Here you’ll find lots of independent shops, bars, cafes, and restaurants, as well as loads of great student accommodation options.

When is the best time to look for student accommodation in Bristol?

We advise students start looking for Bristol student accommodation from October onwards, at the start of the new term. Check out our guide for more information on when to apply for student accommodation.

Is Bristol cheap for students?

While the cost of student accommodation in Bristol varies, students living in the city should budget around £100 a week for food, drink and entertainment, making it cheaper than similar cities like London.

Is Bristol a good city for students?

Bristol is a great city for students, ideally located for seaside and scenic days out whilst having a big city feel about it and a buzzing nightlife. Not to mention, Bristol has one of the highest graduate retention rates in the country.

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